UN austerity report a 'dismal vindication of everything the Greens have said for a decade', Keith Taylor MEP
Green MEP Keith Taylor, who has released a series of reports looking at the rise in people relying on foodbanks in the South East, has welcomed today's United Nations' report on austerity in the UK.
The senior Green politician believes the report by the UN's poverty envoy is "a dismal vindication of everything the Green Party has said about the failed ideological project for almost a decade."
In the report, Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, concluded that the UK government has inflicted “great misery” on the British public with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity.
"The Greens have always seen through the government's austerity agenda; we never promised austerity-lite, like Labour, nor facilitated the Tories' austerity-max, like the Lib Dems. It was clear from the very beginning that this last decade of misery inflicted on the British people was driven by a political ideology intent on punishing the poorest and most vulnerable."
"So many millions of lives have been wrecked by the callous lie that austerity was necessary. So many of our precious public services have been stripped to the bone or sold off just to line the pockets of the already rich and wealthy. This report should be a stain on the conscience of each and every MP that has traipsed through the lobbies time and time again to back the government's austerity agenda."
"Notwithstanding the rhetoric about-face, the budget confirmed that austerity is far from over, despite the evidence of the destruction it is wreaking in our communities across the country. Will the Conservative government and their co-conspirators feel shame? They certainly should, but I fear we have entered a post-shame political world. The successive and abusive governments that have pushed this cruelty on their own people, all the while telling them it was for their own good, will not be judged kindly by the history books."